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Start Cycling For Fitness

Posted Mar 29 2010 5:27am

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Longer days often mean more spare time for exercise. If you don’t like going to the gym one of the best alternatives is to take to your bike and get cycling.

Advantages

  • Its easy, once you know how to cycle you never forget
  • You get to see more of your neighborhood
  • Will help to keep up your energy levels
  • Keeps weight down by burning approx 300 calories per hour
  • Increases muscle tone especially the leg muscles
  • Helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by up to 50%
  • Raises heart rate to increase stamina and fitness
  • Exercise reduces stress and so does cycling
  • You may be able to  cycle to work therefore reducing pollution
  • Cycling improves lung function
  • Cycling is fun and can be a shared exercise

Bicycles are on sale in many main street retailers  but if your bike is old you should make sure it is in good condition and road worthy by performing regular maintenance. Never cycle after dark without lights. Carry a basic toolkit with you and a spare inner tube for emergencies.

Make sure you follow the highway code and wear a safety helmet at all times.

 

 


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